The S-8500 LR was made to pack the largest possible size battery pack for the maximum range into the smallest physical size bike without jumping to a maxi scooter style. The shorter wheelbase compared to a maxi scooter style such as our LRC makes the S-8500 feel more nimble and quick. Z Electric Vehicle has the reputation as the manufacturer of “The World’s Fastest and Longest Range Electric Scooters”. We reinforced that reputation with our S-8500 LR electric motor scooter boasting 130 km/80 mile range and speeds to 120 km/h /75 mph.
The S-15000 LR utilizes the largest lithium battery pack possible to fit in a non maxi scooter. It is in fact the same battery pack as in the ZEV LRC6. This battery pack utilizes Li-ion LFMP chemistry. This type of lithium battery is used in all ZEV models and is unusual as they have eight connection fasteners on each battery instead of the normal two. (Each terminal end has 4 fasteners) This makes it virtually impossible for the battery to vibrate and loosen the terminal connections.
Unique among performance electric vehicles, ZEV products use a hub motor where the motor is contained completely inside the rear wheel. The outside of the motor is the tire rim and the axle is fixed as the stator, thereby eliminating all moving parts except the bearings. This eliminates the need for maintenance of a chain or belt drive and the efficiency losses that arise from using chains and belts. The time needed for the motor to spool up in rpm to generate power like bikes that are powered by a small diameter motor through a chain or belt is also eliminated making the bike very responsive and quick. The torque is instantaneous.
The S-15000 LR was created in response to customers asking for the range of the T-8500, but in the sleeker styling of the standard S type bikes and without the size of the LRC modesl. While sharing the same hub motor, controller, and battery pack as the proven and long in production for years T-8500 and LRC-6, the new S-15000 LR is a very different vehicle. Obviously the style is very different as the T-8500 has a double frame chassis to carry extreme loads, and a longer wheelbase than the S-8500 LR. The shorter wheelbase and the way that the weight is positioned in the chassis make the S-15000 LR have a more sporty feel being able to be flicked about on a curvy road more aggressively compared to the T-8500 or the LRC-6.